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UT Arlington proposes no tuition increase for the 2012-2013 academic year

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

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Media Contact: Kristin Sullivan, Office:817-272-5364, Cell:817-706-9811, kristinsul@uta.edu

The University of Texas at Arlington plans to hold the line on tuition and fees and student room and board rates next year – the first time in more than a decade that the University has announced that it will not seek such increases.

President James D. Spaniolo delivered his proposal to the student-led Tuition Review Committee this week. The committee reconvenes Nov. 29 to consider endorsing the plan. UT Arlington will forward the tuition recommendation to The University of Texas System Board of Regents in December.

“As state funding for UT Arlington has declined — and as state and federal support for financial aid programs shrinks — students and their families have been forced to shoulder more of the financial responsibility for attending college through increased tuition,” President Spaniolo said in a message to the UT Arlington community. “We are committed to keeping UT Arlington as affordable as possible while continuing to build a first-rate university.”

UT Arlington currently charges an average of $9,292 in tuition and fees for students enrolled in 12 or more semester credit hours. The University offers “flat-rate tuition,” meaning there are no hidden fees. UT Arlington’s tuition compares favorably with other comprehensive research institutions in Texas and across the nation.

Room and board averages $7,554 for the 2011-2012 academic year, though rates vary by residence hall or apartment property.

UT Arlington, however, will seek authority from the UT System Board Regents to consider an increase in tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 academic year if necessary, the president said. State-assisted universities have been directed to return a portion of appropriated funds in recent years in response to declining state revenues. Such economic uncertainty makes it impossible to predict whether the University would need to request a tuition increase in subsequent years, the president said.

Jennifer Fox, president of the UT Arlington Student Congress, serves as chair of the Tuition Review Committee and described student reaction to the tuition proposal as positive.

“Our students are impressed that the administration is concerned about the affordability of their education,” Fox said. “But they want to ensure that the quality of their education is maintained, and they don’t want reductions in students services.”

President Spaniolo pledged to continue to invest resources in strategic priorities that will propel UT Arlington toward becoming a major national research university.

“Containing tuition costs for the next year will not result in any reduction to programs and services that support our students or our growing academic enterprise,” he said. “We will continue to pursue excellence in every way that matters.”

UT Arlington is uniquely positioned to avoid a tuition increase for the 2012-2013 academic year primarily because of unprecedented enrollment growth in recent years. Certified enrollment for the fall 2011 semester climbed to 33,439 students, up 34 percent since fall 2007. Enrollment is tied to state funding formulas for higher education.

The University also has taken aggressive steps to reduce administrative costs in recent years and align resources to support its top priorities.

The University of Texas at Arlington, founded in 1895, is a comprehensive research institution in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

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